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I'm using ASP.NET 2.0.  Is there a way to make a listbox display multiple lines (wrapped) within a row?  Also, is there a way to set the background color of a specific row?

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Question by:Ray Turner
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oops.. I meant giving you this link
http://www.codeproject.com/aspnet/ColorListBox.asp
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If you're using ASP - then you're probably writing a webpage.

The problem you have is that I'm not aware of a way to create multi-line listboxes without the resorting to Javascript in pages (which would lead to other problems anyway)

I would probaby use the OPTGROUP tag to group the different lines. Use the same value for each subsequent line in the group so that it can be selected.

As for colouring them, some basic CSS would do the trick - I've put some inline CSS in the code to keep it simple.

Although you can still only select one line at a time, the illusion of a multiline box is there. I hope this helps.
<select size="6">
<optgroup label="John Doe" style="background-color:red; color=white;">
<option value ="johndoe">123 My Road</option>
<option value ="johndoe">My Town</option>
</optgroup>
<optgroup label="Jane Doe" style="background-color:yellow; color:blue;">
<option value ="janedoe">456 My Road</option>
<option value ="janedoe">My Town</option>
</optgroup>
</select>

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